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Decision on Wet Weather Aid for 2002 Close

29 October, 2004


Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said that money must be found to ensure that Wet Weather Payments for 2002 are made, at least to those areas that were affected the most and that have the greatest need.

Ms Gildernew said:

"It is clear that the decision on aid is close. However, it is clearly difficult to prove case as grass damage and feedstuff purchases figures have been very difficult to compile.

"As this is purely a case of direct state aid it is clear that the Department of Finance will have to find the £4 million required.

"However, it is also clear that Brussels would rather allow parts of the North assistance rather than the whole area.

"This demands that areas that were worst affected by the wet weather in 2002 and those areas in greatest need are prioritised. Yet despite the Department of Finance being sceptical about finding the required finance so long after the event, it is clear that these are commitments that must be met." ENDS

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